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When is the Best Time of Year to See the Aurora?



Although the northern lights can be viewed in Fairbanks from August through April even at Kp0,* your chance of seeing the lights increases when the skies are clear. March, followed by April & February, are historically the months with the lowest precipitation in Fairbanks, meaning clear skies and good chances of spotting the aurora.



The northern lights are caused by charged particles from the sun (solar wind) hitting the Earth’s magnetosphere. Around the equinoxes (fall and spring), the Earth’s axis is side-on to the sun, which happens to sync with the magnetic field of the solar wind. That means that during the equinoxes in March and September, charged particles are more likely to be accelerated down the field lines of Earth’s magnetosphere, causing the northern lights.**


It is estimated that visitors who stay in Fairbanks for three days have a 90% chance of viewing the northern lights. In addition to our Aurora Overnight Tours, we maximize your chances with a 5 day, 4 night aurora tour scheduled during the darkest and most active skies of the year.

We are offering four five day aurora multi day tours this year:

Winter Solstice Aurora Safari: Dec. 26th - 30th, 2021

January Aurora Safari: Jan 17 - Jan 21, 2022

March Aurora Safari: Feb 27 - March 3, 2022

Spring Equinox Aurora Safari: March 13 - March 17, 2022 (Fully booked)


​*Kp is used to measure aurora strength.


**There is no guarantee we will see the northern lights. While regularly observed in Fairbanks, they are still an unpredictable natural phenomenon highly dependent on weather and cloud cover. We can guarantee: good food, tasty snacks, amazing scenery, comfortable cabin accommodations and lots of time with our amazing huskies!

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